Singapore is lovely, it really is.
Hmmm, let me see if I can remember -
1. Singapore Zoo is a must.
2. Sentosa Island
3. The cable cars to / from Sentosa Island
4. Orchard Road for the shopping, and the experience
5. Chinatown – it really is pretty
Thanks Mandys :-)…Yes she is quite right on her recommendation…Let’s see, The Singapore Night Safari Zoo is a definite MUSTSEE..Sentosa Island, Cable Car to/from Sentosa Island & Mt. Faber(where e “Amazing Race” was shot), Orchard Rd(its a long stretch of shopping & Singapore Tourism Board is located there), Holland Village, Chinatown is quite interesting though most of e ppl who hang at that area are not really locals(alot are from China & Malaysia)..if you like night life then there is Crazy horse Paris(orginally from Paris, moulin rouge), Ministry of Sound..etc(these night clubs can be found in Clark Quay & Boat Quay area where lots of clubbing & dinning are gathered here)..
Singapore Brand Night Club-“Zouk” is around the corner, not too far away :)
SORRY, I forgot 1 more interesting one, which is “Little India”!
And if you like Museum & ARTSY stuff, I would recommend you to go to city hall area..where you could find a few musuems located there..include the Art Musuem, National Musuem, …then at that area, you could also find “Chimjes”(old church which has converted to exquisite dinning area, its pretty romantic place to go)..and Raffles Hotel is at the opp.(thats where Singapore Sling is created from)!
Also not to forget the “Elizabeth Walk” area that links to the “Anderson Bridge” where you could find “Empress Place”(they’re now having an exhibition of China Acient Dragon Robe collection till april 06..& S.E.A & Indian art exhibit are in there too)..and side by side there’s Victoria Theatre(for concerts). Also outside e museum,you could find tons of Cafe & restaurants nearby along the Singapore River!
(One tip on getting FREE entry to the Musuems is to go during Public Holiday time)
And 1 more historical place to visit is the “Fort Canning”!
You could take our subway system(MRT) to these places that I just recommended and they are all very close by to one another..or so many air con buses(with T.V. inside) could take you to most places that you want.
For myself, I do like the Tanglin area & Suntec City( they’re all not too far from Orchard Rd & City Hall area), which they have nice UNDERGROUND shopping.
The Botanic Garden(near Tanglin area) that ruthiebabes71 has recommended is pretty nice to me too :-) …They do have FREE outdoor music concert at times…
If you do come around public holiday time, try visit the ISTANAHOUSE where the president(he’s india origin too) would have an open house invitation to the public…I met him twice already :) The surrounding garden is simply beautiful!
Anyway, the major fast food joint is found everywhere in the world now..not just in Singapore. You could find alot more interesting local food joint in all parts of Singapore island actually..most buildings have at least a food court inside, & e food are cheap & very clean :-)
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i am sorry to say that the guys i was travelling with didnt really want to do culture and i was a bit niave at the time so i went along with them to all the usual haunts (and all of the major fast food joints to my horror!!)
i did like the botanical gardens, and i ventured myself into the area i think was called chinatown, i have heard there are good sites of local food stuffs in markets but unfortunately i didnt get a chance to taste them
one warning do not take chewing gum into the country, my friend did by mistake, she didnt get caught but they had fines of $100000 for that offence 7 years ago!!!
have a good time
Here we go again about the misunderstanding of chewing gum situation from foreigners who don’t live here…Chewing gum is Banned from SELLING. It doesn’t mean you can’t chew! I chew it all e time, including everybody that I know of, as well as my young nieces & nephews…it’s banned because Singapore is the gateway to so many asia countries and alot of them from these countries do have nasty habit of SPITTING. Don’t you think anyone is asking for trouble if you chew and then SPIT?? If Singapore is located in Western country then we won’t even need to impose this radiculous rule of banning sales of chewing gum.
I don’t know where this hearsay story of “$100000” from?? You talking about Indonesian rupee?
The night safari is a lot of fun. The museum of Asian Civilizations (I think that’s what it’s called?) is really cool.
There’s a lot of beautiful British colonial-era architecture, so I’d recommend finding a walking tours book and go for some neighborhood walks. (I used a book called, I think, “Singapore on Foot”).
And of course, the highlight of Singapore is the food. I basically planned my entire time there around meals. Great, cheap food can be found at the “food centers” around town, which are basically giant food courts, as well as the numerous cafes. There’s a readily avaliable (in Singapore) book called “Makansutra” which can help you navigate Singaporean food.
Yes..It’s called “The Asian Civilization
HAHAHA, you must be a funny guy, planning your entire time around meals, hee, quite a smart move I must say.
And I agree that Makansutra is a great food guide ;)
I agree with jason_s — the night safari and hawker stalls are the best bets! I also liked walking around the Indian neighborhood and tech malls. There’s a great Hindu temple complete with big neon lights, I forget what it’s called.
Good luck, and have a great time!
YES Floyd :-)..the little India is near the Sim Lim Square(Tech mall, which has like 6,7 storeys of computers & electronic stuff)..
I never get tired of the food from Hawker stalls…the most popular ones among the local & tourist is the Newton Hawker Centre..then again there are too many of them in Singapore..will take up an entire page of e profile if I continue on the food topic ;)
Just go for a walk; Chinatown, Orchard Rd, the Boat Quay. Have ‘tea & tiffin’ or afternoon tea at Raffles. The zoo was wonderful, as is the Jurong Bird Park. The Croc park wasn’t my bag though …
Hee, Croc park? I never been there my life, hmm, never heard of it :-).. Anyway, the whole Singapore Island is very convienient & easy to get by.
Forgot to thank you all for the nice tips, Cheers!!
Any more info can be found on this site :-)
my favorite local things to do:
1) have breakfast early in the morning at the tiong bahru market (near chinatown)
2) take the mrt to a satelitte town like toa payoh or some other place in the northeast and walk around the shophouses/hawker food centers
3) visit katong area – walk around the older shophouses – it’s near east coast parkway too – for some sand and sea
4) find the older parts of the central business district – check out the old shops (i love the old singapore and how it mixes with the new…not much left so i always ask folks to go find them)
5) walk around bras basah area where you find the old catholic school buildings that have been changed into modern galleries/shops
1. The Indian Village
2. The Malay Village
3. Jurong Bird Park
Why is my picture changing randomly?
Anyway the top five places:
1. Food — go to Newton Circus. Great atmosphere and the food is marvellous. So much to choose from.
2. Little India — specifically Mustafa Centre
3. China town
4. Boat Key and Clark Key (for the bars & restaurants)
5. Get out of the centre and go to some wet markets and other places where locals shop
1. Sentosa <— MUST!
2. Esplanade (where the merlion is)
3. walk along the Orchard road (everything’s there)
4. the mall near the Intercontinental Hotel/Bugis Station (always great)
5. Ride the MRT
1. orchard road
2. china town
3. holland village
4. little india
5. arab street
go to Pulau Ubin – a must to get local flava.
Also on the list: Orchard Rd, Little India, Chinatown, and Arab/Bugis St.
Try the housing estates too. Heartland malls.
1.- The Zoo!! Especially the Night Safari
2.- Sentosa (take the cable car!!!)
3.- Little India … especially if Indian food is your fave like me _
4.- Orchard Road
5.- One of my personal faves is High Tea at the revolving restaurant … wonderful food and a fantastic view!
Cool, Dofnup..I like likeminded ppl! I love high tea too :) So many places have that…Eating out is BIG culture here…as well as watching movies too..
If you have extra $ to spare & want to try a diff experience of movie watch..then try e Golden Village “Gold Class” cinema at Great World City. For S$25(U.S.$16) a ticket, you get a humongous reclining armchair, lots of room and waiters serving you fine food and drink :0)
Then of course the recommendation by letsdans and XPdude are all very right on, especially on the Arab Street & Bugist street area(both are closed by)!
And not to forget the GREAT suggestion by Crazyfish 007 on the “Esplanade” & “Merlion”..Both of them are our icons..that’s near the fullerton hotel(old historical postal office that’s now converted to a hotel) & suntec city area.
Better to plan from e map before hand..as most of these places they all mentioned are very closed by and are long stretch of road :-)
ok wow stylish….thank u so much for the damn engaged replies that u’ve given…not only to my query but also in response to what others have said. are u from singapore? and btw…is anyone willing to show me around the sights and sounds… like be my tour guide. my somewhat good company and drinks on me ;)
My pleasure :)
Yes..I was born & raised here. I can’t meet you because I do have other engagement for now. Moreover I don’t meet stranger from the internet..Hope you can understand.
Since you’re india origin, perhaps you would like to check out our Little India, where they do have this great shopping mall called Mustafa(It’s 24 hrs) as suggested by “Killerstilettos”.
I do however wish you’ll have a good trip here in Singapore…It’s very unlikely anyone can be lost in Singapore as there’s English signs anywhere & most people here are either biligual or trilingual. There’s tourist info counters in most places as well. The locals are very willing to help out for directions. Have a nice & fun stay in Singapore. Cheers!
- beef kway teow at geylan district. it has to be there. beef kway teows at other places are bleh.
- go clubbing. go to zouk or indochine. lots of good clubs there.
- MUSTAFA! i love that place. an amalgam of a goods in very good prices.
- creperie armen. authentic breton food. its an experience to dine there. visit their website:
- arab street area. very charming.
- chijmes. touristy but fun
im not much for theme parks so i cant say go to sentosa.
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